THE NEW milk processing facility is expected to bring 80 new jobs to Haverfordwest, as well as a £17 million investment over the next three years.
The announcement was made by the Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council, who revealed that Pembrokeshire Creamery Ltd had acquired a development plot at Pembrokeshire Food Park in Withybush.
The company plans to occupy over ten acres of the Food Park with its new milk processing facility, which will source milk from local family farms and have an annual processing capacity of 70 million litres.
Deputy Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Place, the Region and Climate Change, Councillor Paul Miller, hailed the agreement as excellent news for the country’s dairy industry.
He said: ““As a local authority, we are delighted to welcome the £17 million investment by Pembrokeshire Creamery Ltd,
“This is a fantastic opportunity for local dairy farmers, and we are very proud to have supported the successful development of the venture.
“It’s also excellent news for the local jobs market, with 80 new jobs being created at Pembrokeshire Food Park.”
He continued: “We have been very pleased to work closely with the Welsh Government on this agreement.
“Our county is well known for its high-quality produce and our work with our Welsh Government colleagues on the development of the Food Park is a tangible and significant step towards realising our long-standing aim of retaining more of the added value from local food production.”
Mark McQuade, Managing Director of Pembrokeshire Creamery Limited, expressed his gratitude to the Welsh Government for their support with this investment, which he said “will deliver significant jobs and growth to the local economy.”
He added that the new site “will be the only BRC Certified facility to offer Welsh milk that is also bottled in Wales, and as such, the Creamery will shorten the supply chain in Wales.
“Pembrokeshire is a fantastic milk field in which to build an authentically Welsh milk supply for Welsh supermarket stores”.
The Food Park was established in 2021, following a £2m investment by the Welsh Government and £1m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The new milk processing plant has also received financial support from the European Union through the Rural Development Fund.
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething said: “The Welsh Government is doing all we can to help create quality jobs for people within their own communities.
“Agriculture, food and drink are sectors that make a significant contribution to Pembrokeshire’s local economy, and we are determined to help new and existing businesses in these sectors to grow and thrive
“We have been working closely with Pembrokeshire County Council to make land available for development at Pembrokeshire Food Park to allow us to realise that ambition.
“So, I am very pleased we have secured this significant investment, which will create 80 new jobs locally over the next three years. This will be a real boost for the regional economy.”
Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths said: “I am very pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this exciting new project in Pembrokeshire.
“We are committed to supporting Welsh farmers as well as our food and drink sector and the investment in Pembrokeshire Food Park is another great example of how we are doing this.
“Today’s news will see retailers supplied with milk from local farms, bottled in Withybush, creating a long-term and sustainable supply chain for Welsh consumers.
“Pembrokeshire produces fantastic food and drink products, and I look forward to seeing this continue into the future.”